The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Dear readers,
For the last few weeks I have struggled to write. I have been out of ideas, short of inspiration, and devoid of motivation… But last night, I had a dream, and that dream has compelled me to write to you.

I want to talk about stories, about the power of stories. I want to remind you that a good story has the power to change lives, both for the better and for the worse. I want you to remember that a good story may be persuasive. It may be a call to action, as powerful as any speech you’ve ever heard.

I want to talk about stories, about the historical purpose of stories. I want to remind you that storytellers are custodians of our history too – and our history, documents everything. Our beliefs, triumphs, failures, what have you. Stories of the Greeks and Romans persist to this day. So will our stories.

And finally, I want to make the point that, like a fine wine, good stories age. They become myth, they become legend, they become old wives tales. Thus, a good positive story can change our documented past, our lived present, and our future generations.

Today I wanted to talk about stories, because I dreamed of an Africa dominated by negative media. Both from within, and without. I dreamed of an Africa where the people believed every negative statement the world made about them… and it was horrible.

So let us tell ourselves good positive stories.

Damola Mabogunje

Software Engineer by day, Blogger, Poet and Author, by night, I spend my days writing everything from the convex comma, to highly complex code.

3 thoughts on “The Stories We Tell Ourselves

  1. I absolutely love this post, Damola! I love that you ended on such a succinct note on what your dream entailed and what we need to do to get out of that predicament. Thank you for sharing this and yes, sometimes finding inspiration is hard. But it’s in scribbling these little fleeting thoughts that you’ll truly regain that command of your literature. I realized sometimes we wait for the best set of ideas to flow and fill a page or more till we share. But you did this and it’ll certainly go a long way to encourage someone. Tell a story today! 🙂

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